That is one fast car. Now let’s try to quickly get through music news for October 21, 2020.
- RIP British blues-rock legend Spencer Davis. He died of a heart attack at age 81.
- Eddie Van Halen was born in The Netherlands. This week, a bell tower in Utrecht rang out a tribute.
- Speaking of Eddie, hard rock is coming face-to-face with its mortality problem. This makes for a sobering read.
- And two of his Frankenstein-style Strats are going up for auction.
- Miley Cyrus is planning an album of Metallica covers. Wait–what?
- I want my Apple TV: Apple has launched a free 24-hour music channel via Apple TV and Apple Music. Only the US, though.
- Killing Joke-endorsed jerk chicken pie? Yep.
- Sigur Ros is having some severe tax problems with the Icelandic government..
- Nice: Alexisonfire has created a new bursary for indigenous students.
- Here’s more analysis of how Spotify wants to put music in podcasts.
- Meanwhile, Spotify has pulled down four QAnon themed podcasts. Good.
- Can you play a synth using just your brainwaves? Yes. Yes, you can. (Via Andrew)
- The Billboard Music Awards did not do well in the ratings. In fact, it was a disaster.
- Universal Music generated a quarter-billion dollars from streaming in just the last quarter.
- And in case you missed it, the UFC has its own streaming music service.
BONUS: The best pumpkin carving of 2020.